The Subaru BRZ is the first of a pair of upcoming sports coupes to be born out of Toyota and Subaru's collaboration on the FT-86 II concept. With a sport-tuned, rear-wheel-driven chassis penned by Toyota and a 2.0-liter boxer engine developed by Subaru, the BRZ is simultaneously the first RWD Subaru in decades, possibly the first fun Toyota in about as long, and, hopefully, a return to form for fans of lightweight, fun-to-drive Japanese sports cars.
The 2013 Subaru BRZ will be available sometime in spring 2012 for about $25,000. Expect its Scion-badged Toyota twin, the FR-S, to hit dealerships shortly after at a similar price.
The Toyota Prius C has already arrived at dealerships, and has a base price of $18,950, making it the most affordable Prius yet.
The new open top Mini goes on sale this spring, with a base price of $24,350. More enticing is the S model, with the same turbocharged engine as the Mini Cooper S, which goes for $27,350. There will also be a high performance John Cooper Works version.
The Fiat 500 Abarth hits dealerships this spring, at a starting price of $22,000.
Android users usually get the short end of the stick when it comes to in-car infotainment. "Just stick with Bluetooth or an auxiliary connection," they're told. Pioneer aims to change that with the launch of its AppRadio 2. Hoping to recreate the buzz generated by the first generation AppRadio's integration with a selection of iPhone apps, AppRadio 2 allows certain Android apps to take advantage of its massive 7-inch touch screen.
The AppRadio 2 will retail for $499 when it hits the market in April. Additionally, the original AppRadio will continue to be sold alongside the new unit with updated software for 2012, but without the new Android phone support, for the same $399 MSRP.